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slc39a8

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Official Full Name
solute carrier family 39 (zinc transporter), member 8
Background
This gene encodes a member of the SLC39 family of solute-carrier genes, which show structural characteristics of zinc transporters. The encoded protein is glycosylated and found in the plasma membrane and mitochondria, and functions in the cellular import of zinc at the onset of inflammation. It is also thought to be the primary transporter of the toxic cation cadmium, which is found in cigarette smoke. Multiple transcript variants encoding different isoforms have been found for this gene. Additional alternatively spliced transcript variants of this gene have been described, but their full-length nature is not known.
Synonyms
SLC39A8; solute carrier family 39 (zinc transporter), member 8; solute carrier family 39 (metal ion transporter), member 8; zinc transporter ZIP8; BIGM103; ZIP-8; Zrt- and Irt-like protein 8; solute carrier family 39 member 8; LIV-1 subfamily of ZIP zinc; LIV-1 subfamily of ZIP zinc transporter 6; BCG induced integral membrane protein BIGM103; BCG-induced integral membrane protein in monocyte clone 103 protein; ZIP8; PP3105; LZT-Hs6